Four missing fishermen found alive off Sarawak's southern cape


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  • Friday, 18 Sep 2020

MIRI: Four of six fishermen who went missing in two separate fishing incidents in Sarawak have been found alive.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department, in its latest updates, said the four were plucked out of the sea by a group of local fishermen.

Identified as Bong Fah Yew, Hardy, Ani and Ah Nan, they were found adrift late on Thursday (Sept 17) in the South China Sea off Tanjung Po at the state's southern cape.

Their boat had capsized after being battered by violent waves during turbulent weather on Wednesday (Sept 16).

They were rescued the next day by other fishermen as they clung to a cluster of floating nipah logs.

"They were found floating on a cluster of nipah logs that had been washed to the sea.

"They have been taken to the hospital after being rescued and brought back to shore at Muara Tebas," the department said.

Another fishermen with them, called Licit, was rescued by other fishermen shortly after their boat capsized on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, there are two other missing fishermen off Kuala Serupai in northern Sarawak.

Search-and-rescue operations by the Tatau Fire and Rescue Unit are still ongoing.

They have been identified as a local man Kinmisna Kasim and an Indonesian, Pendi Salim.

They went missing at around noon on Thursday near an offshore platform, while fishing in bad weather.

Kuala Serupai is located in the Tatau district about 50km from Bintulu town.

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